drawing down the moon

Jake Benzinger
Sari Soininen

Collaborative Zine
Spring 2024
1st Edition of 100

Hand Bound/Sewn
Black Paper
60 Pages 
10 5/8 x 13 3/8”  |  27 x 34 cm

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drawing down the moon explores the edge of reality, a place with little coherency, where time bleeds into itself and its occupants are indistinguishable. the first publication by wych elm, this collaborative zine by jake benzinger and sari soininen interweaves the two’s images, presenting an otherworldly reality. the two harmoniously work together through distorting the natural world, referencing ideas of the liminal, mysticism, animism, and death.



about the artists


Sari Soininen (b.1991) is an internationally recognised Finnish photographer.

Sari holds an MA in photography from UWE Bristol (2021), BA from Lahti Institute of Design (2014), and she carried out exchange studies in Edinburgh College of Art (2013).

Her colourful otherworldly photography draws from philosophical thoughts and personal, mystical experiences. Her interest is in providing the viewer with alternative ways of seeing the world and reality around them. She uses long shutter speed, colour gels and projection to build dreamlike alternate realities within the moment.

Sari has published two books and her work has been exhibited around the world in various solo and group exhibitions. She has also been written about and included in numerous publications, such as The Guardian, Financial Times and British Journal of Photography.

Sari has limited edition works in private collections in Finland, the United States, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom. She is represented in France by Marie Valat Agency.

drawing down the moon includes never before seen work by Sari.

Jake Benzinger (he/him) is a photographer, book artist, and writer based in Rockland, Maine; he received his BFA in photography from Lesley University, College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA.

Through the dislocation of space, he weaves together imagery to construct a world that exists in the liminal, investigating themes of mysticism, identity, animism, and the natural world.

His work was recently featured by Fraction Magazine, and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Jake’s body of work, Like Dust Settling in a Dim-Lit Room (Or Starless Forest), was self-published, shortlisted for the 2023 Lucie Photo Book Prize, and sold out of its first edition of hardcover books. A second edition was released in late 2023, coinciding with a solo show at the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Jake is currently a gallery assistant, a content editor for Lenscratch, and the founder of wych elm press.